Wilder Elementary School

Family Newsletter - March 2023

Greetings from Wilder!

Dear Families,

Thank you for your attendance at our February RED event! It is always wonderful to have you in the building. Due to conferences, we will see you all again this week or next! The teachers are excited to share your child's progress with you. You should have received confirmation of your scheduled time for conferences by now. At Wilder, our goal is to have 100% participation. If you have a conflict with your scheduled time, don't hesitate to contact the teacher to reschedule. We are so grateful to families for prioritizing this time to check in on their child's progress and goals for the remainder of the school year.

Report cards will be emailed to families on Friday, March 10th.

Information on registering your 1st-5th grader for next year will be coming soon. If you have a child starting kindergarten next year, please read and complete the information in this newsletter.

We appreciate your partnership in your child's education!

Leslie Bjelde


Upcoming Dates

Please take note of these important upcoming dates!


Thursday, March 2 - Parent Teacher Conferences - 4:00 - 7:00 pm

Friday, March 3 - Parent Teacher Conferences - 11:20 - 4:00 pm

Tuesday, March 7 - Parent Teacher Conferences - 4:00 - 7:00 pm

Wednesday, March 8 - Early Dismissal - SCHOOL OUT at 1:30 pm

Friday, March 10 - Second Trimester Report Cards Emailed Home

Monday, March 13 through Friday, March 17 - Spring Break - NO SCHOOL

Wednesday, March 29 - Early Dismissal - SCHOOL OUT at 1:30 pm

Friday, March 31 - RED Event - 2:30-2:50 pm


Friday, April 7 and Monday, April 10 - Holiday Break - NO SCHOOL

Monday, April 10 - Saturday, April 22 -- ArtWise Student Art Show at Columbia Mall

Tuesday, April 11 - PTO Meeting 6:00 - 7:00 pm in the Wilder Library

Wednesday, April 12 - Early Dismissal - SCHOOL OUT at 1:30 pm

Thursday, April 13 - Kindergarten Roundup - 3:30 - 5:30 pm

Wednesday, April 26 - Early Dismissal - SCHOOL OUT at 1:30 pm

Friday, April 28 - RED Event - 2:30-2:50 pm


North Dakota State Assessment for Grades 3-5

Wilder Parents and Guardians,

Each year our school district is required to complete state testing with learners in grades 3-8 and 10 to comply with federal law. See our district website for a detailed description of assessment requirements at https://www.gfschools.org/Page/8836

At Wilder, Grade 4 will be taking NDSA Science and Grades 3, 4, and 5 will take NDSA English Language Arts and Mathematics.

This year our North Dakota State Assessment (NDSA) will take place March 14 - May 6. If you would like to take a practice test, you can do so as a guest user at https://ndsa.portal.airast.org/training-tests.stml.

Wilder has not yet determined the specific dates that the tests will be administered, but as soon as they are scheduled, we will send families a notification so they can prepare accordingly (see the Test Taking Tips below!).

The test results do not impact your student's grades in school but instead help our district establish overall achievement levels. Individual student results will be available in the fall and distributed at that time.

We appreciate your efforts to ensure that all learners are in school during the testing window. Than you for your ongoing support!

Leslie Bjelde

Wilder Principal

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Kindergarten Pre-Registration for 2023-2024

Incoming Kindergarten Families - It is crucial to register your child early so we can ensure proper classroom sections.

Please pass this information on to your friends and neighbors who have a child turning 5 before August 1.

We are excited to welcome a new group of Kindergarteners in August. Please Pre-Register if you haven't yet done so!! To help better prepare for your arrival at Kindergarten Roundup/Registration, we would like you to take a few minutes to complete our online Pre-Registration form


This will allow us to capture information to begin your student’s enrollment and cut down your waiting time at school during our Kindergarten Roundup/Registration (see article below).

Wilder's Kindergarten Roundup/Registration

Wilder will conduct a Kindergarten Round-up/Registration event this spring:

Thursday, April 13, 2023

3:30 - 5:30 pm

Enter through Door 4

(by the grassy area on the east end of the school)

Open House Format - Your Child Should Attend!!

Please bring the following items:

  • Your student's birth certificate
  • Your student's immunization records (up-to-date)
  • Two proof of residence documents, for example: mortgage statement, rental agreement, utility bill, etc.

For more information about the forms and documents required for registration, please visit gfschools.org/KRegistration.

We will also be providing information and assistance for you to finalize your child's registration through setting up your Single Sign-On account in PowerSchool (or adding your student to an existing account) during this time.

Be sure to pre-register at https://form.jotform.com/gfschools/KRegistration2023


Hearing Screens in March

Hearing screens and rechecks will be conducted on all elementary students on March 1st. Our first screen was completed 10-26-22. The following students will be screened in March:

  • Students that are new to Wilder since the last screening.
  • Students who had medical referrals from the last hearing screen.
  • Students who did not pass our last screen.
  • Students who were absent from our last screen.

If your child fits into the above category but you do not want them screened, please contact Heidi Anderson, Wilder's Speech Language Pathologist, at 701-746-2205 ext 6227

If your child does not fit into the above categories, but you would like them screened or have questions/concerns, please contact Heidi Anderson at the same number.

Winter Gear Reminder

Wilder Families,

While we are on the downside of winter and can sense Spring's arrival soon, we do still need to dress for these end of winter days. Students need to come daily with their winter appropriate clothing including:

  • Mittens/gloves

  • Hats or coat hoods

  • Winter coats

  • Snow pants

  • Snow boots

If you do not have snow clothing, please contact your School Social Worker at (701) 746-2320 ext 1142 for assistance. Students who do not have clothing appropriate for the weather may not be allowed to participate in outdoor activities, including recess.

Thank you,

Brooke Naughton, LCSW

Wilder School Social Worker

ArtWise Student Art Show -- UPDATED INFORMATION

Please see the attached flyer for information about the Student Art Show being held this spring. The dates have been changed, and the Show will now fun from April 10 - April 22 . An updated flyer is included below. As noted on the flyer, Sponsors and Volunteers are welcome!
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Tips for Being a Good Listener.
As a parent/guardian, sometimes you may feel as though your child does not listen to you. It is important that you communicate your needs and feelings to your child in an effective way. A simple suggestion to improve communication between you and your child is to use “I” messages rather than “You” messages (which often create an oppositional situation). For example, instead of
saying, “You always leave your dirty dishes on the table. Can’t you pick up after yourself?” say, “When you leave your dishes on the table, I get frustrated because it makes extra work for me when I get home and I’m trying to make dinner.” Visit www.parentslead.org for more information.

Safe Kids

Safe Kids is geared to help keep kids safe at HOME, at SCHOOL, at PLAY, and ON the WAY. Please see the attached March Newsletter from Safe Kids, which covers Medication and Poison Prevention, as well as addressing winter coats with car seats.